Thursday, January 8, 2009

Unless You're a TV-Star Cat

A depressing death knoll is ringing over at the Wall Street Journal in an article by Anita Elberse called "Blockbuster or Bust: Why struggling publishers will keep pacing outrageous bids on new books." The long and short of it is that if you're not Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, or you're writing a book about fuzzy kittens or rascaly puppies, you're screwed.  I can't even lift my head to give you the highlights.  Just go over there yourself.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dose kitties are so cute and inspiring. I'm all fluffed up.

Anonymous said...

What I got from the article was, writers beware: If you want to publish, you have to write bland copies of existing books for the masses and forget about creative, cutting-edge fiction or sensitive, literary MFA fiction.

Yeah, articles like this make me so glad I dropped out of the big-stakes writing game.

how do you tell a coworker about her boogers? said...

creative, cutting-edge fiction. sensitive, literary MFA fiction. it almost sounds like contributors' guidelines...to the Sensitive Literary MFA Cutting Edge Fiction Review

of course it's online and they do not pay contributors, but seriously and pretty please, send them only your best work.

Anonymuch? said...

I usually pass my coworker a tissue and wink suggestively.

Someone has the submission blues?

marly said...

Somebody gave me a Persian very much like the one in your picture. She is supposed to be bathed once a week, followed by Redken conditioner, and then she is to be blown dry. She is supposed to be combed daily--hourly would be even better. If she is not treated in such luxurious ways, she quickly develops little round bobbles of fur and then more slowly turns into a walking felt hat. In such instances, she can be shaved like a poodle. She also hops out of the pan to leave her more solid presents beside it.

I don't imagine they tell you such things in those kitty bestsellers.

Anonymous said...

I'm anon #2 and yep, I got the submission blues. My last round of short stories were rejected from Yet Another Online Sensitive Literary MFA Cutting Edge Fiction Review That Doesn't Pay But Has a Fetching, Winsome Title.

The kitty bestsellers probably don't talk about how many cats get run over, either.

Ted Nugent said...

KittyLit(ter) books don't tell you that cat shit fumes are bad for pregnant women. Or that cat scratch fever is a real disease and not just a Ted Nugent hit.